How to Spray Paint Your Light Fixture…Then Recover After Surgery

Painting bathroom light

So, before I go into the How-To:  I wanted to apologize, yet again, for being so…absent.  I haven’t wanted to add too much content to the blog for 2 reasons.

The first and more critical reason is that I have been sick.  Since July 8th.  Being sick means that NO projects have been done.  Zip, Zilch, Nothing, nada.  I started with mild abdominal pain on that day.  Went off of work on July 13th and after a bunch of inconclusive testing, consultations with my local physicians and my physicians at the Mayo Clinic (I will post about the past 9 years of medical issues and Mayo Clinic in the future, when I get the courage) a treatment plan and surgery was scheduled.  Two weeks ago I went in for an exploratory laproscopy and came out with one less ovary.  I had a partial hysterectomy 10 years ago and have had issues with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome off and on but not too bad, or so I thought.  Apparently the right ovary was very bad and full of scar tissue which was causing the sudden onset of pain when a large cyst suddenly formed this summer. I had hormonal swings along with pregnancy cravings – it was crazy!

The other reason is that as we are approaching our 1 year anniversary for Renovar Design. Can you believe it??  I can not.  So, Marco has been working very hard to get all of our old content transferred over because we are launching a new website theme.  If you aren’t familiar with blogging, it is a long, tedious process. Adding new content (like this post today) is more content that he has to transfer over.) He is also making some changes to old photos and making everything look prettier and more streamlined and professional. Hoping to take this from a hobby to a business at some point!

Now for what you came for:

A few months ago we were busy updating & organizing our bathrooms as part of my Operation Project Organization.  We are on a very tight budget because we are saving for a kitchen renovation.  So, this is how I updated our light fixture for $3.00 dollars and in an hour ~ making this one of the quickest and easiest up-cycles you can do for your own home. (Seriously, I did this after work – which reads: after making dinner after work!)

Supplies Needed:

  1. Clean Cloth
  2. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  3. Painters Tape
  4. Craft Paper or Packing Paper
  5. Spray Paint

To begin, I started with the major electrical portion of this DIY project.  Brace yourselves people – wait for it….

Flip your light switch to the OFF position.

Yes, it REALLY is that easy.  Now, proceed by removing your light bulbs.  Then, carefully take down the light shades and set them aside to wash later.

Take your clean cloth and multi-purpose cleaner and wipe down the fixture good and clean.  Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies.  You don’t want any dust because spray paint won’t stick to dust particles.  Also, if you have any rust (like I do) then you may need to take an extra step and sand your piece.  Mine wasn’t loose rust, so I was okay with just the wipe down.


Next you want to tape around the light fixture and your whole work space.  You don’t want to have spray paint getting on your walls.



Make sure you add paper into the light sockets too.  You don’t want paint to get into the electrical components of the fixture.  I just tore off hand sized pieces of paper and balled them up and stuck them into the socket.  (Again, make sure the light switch is turned OFF and stays OFF!)



Now that you have prepped your work surface, the next step is to spray paint.  (Since we are in an enclosed space in the bathroom, you can chose to wear a mask if you want, I had the bathroom vent on to provide some airflow along with the bedroom windows open.)   I also used a pencil to make sure I was getting paint into the crevices behind the paper.


My preference is Rustoleum all in one paint and primer.  There are no affiliate links, this is just me and my 15+ years of experience talking.  It is my personal preference and what kind of paint gives me the best results.

While the paint dries, Take time to wash the shades.

The paint dries rather quickly.  So, while the shades are drying.  You can check to see if you need to do any touch-up painting.  If not, then go ahead and take down the paper.  By then, you are ready to put the shades back on.  Put the light bulbs back-on.  Flip your light switch back on and then step back and admire your finished project because that is all it takes to learn how to spray paint a light fixture!





I hope that this project inspires you to get a DIY project crossed off your to-do list!!

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Hope that you follow along and become inspired by our Operation Project Organization and that you find some ideas and inspiration to make changes in form and functionality to your home as well. In fact, we are challenging you to become organized along with us!  Later this week, we will be posting about how you, the reader, can participate in Month Four of: Operation ~ Project Organization ~ 2015! You don’t even have to be a blogger, just a person with a need for one area (month) or more. You can also follow along on our Operation Project Organization 2015 Pinterest board for more great ideas as well!

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Happy Organizing,



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